HUD Seeking Comments on Disparate Impact Rule
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has given us an opportunity to tell them how a recently proposed a new rule will benefit our industry. Last summer we told you that HUD was considering changes to the "disparate impact" fair housing rule. Thanks to the advocacy of NAA members like you, in 2018 over 1,000 NAA members and affiliates made their voices heard by HUD. Now, the proposed new rule is much more favorable to the apartment industry than the existing rule. As someone who is directly impacted by government regulations, it's our responsibility to tell HUD to finish the job and adopt the proposed rule on disparate impact.
Even if there was no intent to discriminate on the part of the owner or manager, disparate impact has meant discrimination claims could be triggered by common business practices that are otherwise neutral:
- Criminal background screening
- Credit screening
- Section 8 voucher policies
The proposed rule implements several safeguards to prevent the abuse of disparate impact liability and is a big win for the apartment housing industry!
This grassroots effort is an opportunity for every member of the apartment industry to share their voice and tell the Federal government to reform regulations that fail to adequately address our nation's housing crisis, strengthen our economy and provide quality jobs. The time is now to make sure that we can close this chapter on Disparate Impact before it's too late. Click here to share two minutes of your time and submit a prepared letter to HUD.
Article from: National Apartment Association